Airbus rolled out the first A330-800 from the point shop today. The aircraft will join the A330neo test fleet, currently comprising two A330-900s.
The A330-800 test Aircraft MSN1888 has yet to fitted with latest-generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines. The installation of flight-test instrumentation is underway and expects to make its maiden flight later this month.
The A330-800 test flights are set to last around 300 hours, which includes flutter and stall, high-speed performance, autopilot and auto land, noise, and cold-weather performance testing, over the next three months as part of the certification campaign.
Airbus launched the A330neo jetliner in July 2014, comprising two versions, the A330-800neo and A330-900neo. Both of these widebody aircraft are powered by new Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines with the range of 7500nm.
The A330-800neo version retains the fuselage length of Airbus’ current-production A330-200 and designed to seat 257 passengers in three class cabin configuration, while offering capacity for up to 406 passengers in a high-density configuration.
The airbus said that first ‘Airspace’ cabin interior will be fitted in all A330neo versions.